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2023 marks Morris Arts' 50th Anniversary! We
invite you to celebrate with us throughout the year at our existing
arts events, programs, and special Golden Anniversary
happenings. Below is a compilation of what's coming up this fall.
We look forward to connecting with you through the arts!
ARTS IN EDUCATION
As we celebrate National
Arts in Education Week(September
10 - 16, 2023) and gear up for the year ahead, we'd like to reflect on
our 2022/23 school year with an overview of our residencies including a
spotlight on one of our residency grants.
During the 2022/23 school year, we were proud to have 33
residencies take place in Morris and 7 surrounding counties.
These programs brought the arts to 3,756 students and $160,000
in revenue to our teaching artists.
Thanks to the generosity of our funders, Morris Arts was
able to award the Carolyn Ward Artist Residency Grant with a
grant valued at $4,500 to John Hill School in Boonton. The grant is in
honor of a former Morris Arts Executive Director who as an educator
herself, valued Arts in Education immensely.
highlight video of our 2023 Carolyn Ward Residency Grant Circus Minimus
at John Hill School.
Video by Erico Rovayo.
John Hill School selected a Circus Minimus residency with
teaching artist Kevin O'Keefe and the entire 3rd grade participated in
the program. Under Kevin's guidance, students created their individual
acts using tumbling, juggling, partner acrobatics, dance, theater arts,
comedy, feats of balance, spinning plates, and human pyramid building
to create their very own circus. Parents, classmates, and community
members were all invited to celebrate and watch the culminating circus
performance. Through the success of the residency, the school has
raised their own funding to bring the Circus Residency back for the
2023-24 school year!
As we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary season,
we are excited to share more of our AIE story. Be on the lookout for
photos, videos and general arts education information from us as we
head into another exciting school year!
If you are one of our schools, artists or students, be
sure to tag us so we can share the arts ed love even more.
View our highlight reel by Freddie Mitchell, Ruby Red
Dover Asphalt Mural Project
From August 24–26, Morris Arts grantees (the Town of
Dover and Levitate Creative Services) partnered up to create
a 5,000 square foot asphalt mural (the largest in all of New
Alex Dougherty, City Planner Consultant for New Jersey
stated, “The placement of the street art was planned with pedestrians
in mind. With religious places of assembly, a daycare, elementary
school, and sports fields, it's important to put pedestrians first.”
Transforming plain asphalt surfaces into visually striking artworks
increases the visibility of crosswalks and pedestrian areas, making
them more noticeable to drivers. These vibrant and unique murals will
act as a visual cue for drivers to exercise caution and adhere to
The mural culminated on with the Vivir, Amar, y Pintar!
Arts Festival which included music by Idea Cultural and friends,
Jazz trumpeter, Willy Carmona, Latin pop singer, Juan Osorio, Hernan
Mosquera & friends, El Dr. E. Desma, Tropy Band Orquesta, and also
featured 18 vendors.
Thank you to all the partners and artists who made this an
unforgettable day filled with creativity, community, and celebration!
SAVE THE DATE!
WHEN: Sunday, October 22 (rain date October 29) | 4-8PM
WHERE: Vail Mansion Reflecting Pool
An evening of fun for all ages including:
·Art workshop with artist Dan Fenelon
·Live jazz music
·The lighting of the pumpkins – Pumpkin Illumination!
Join us on the lawn at 4pm for The Sleepy Hollow
Halloween Show as Kit's Interactive Theatreweaves
the characters from Washington Irving's classic story into a new and
exciting tale. Designed to be spooky (but not scary), the show
begins where the original story leaves off and combines storytelling,
music, dance, audience participation and a great deal of humor.
This year, we awarded $120,500 to 32 organizations in
Morris Country. Below is a sampling of some events they produce. Be
sure to visit their websites and social channels for additional
information and events. Looking
to apply for our FY24 Local Art Grants? Applications are available here.
THROUGH THE LENS OF TIME: A PHOTOGRAPHIC
JOURNEY BY XIOMÀRO
TUES – THURS: 11AM–4PM; SUN 1–4PM
68 Morris Avenue, Morristown
In this landmark exhibit, nationally acclaimed
photographer Xiomàro captures eight of the county's historic sites from new,
exciting angles. The never-before-seen work displays the beauty found
in the mundane and the poignant traces left behind by generations past.
The Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Rd, Madison
Aquarterly in-person event featuring 4 local writers
reading and discussing their latest work. Each writer will be allotted
10 minutes. After the readings there will be an audience Q&A and a
The first of three community engagement workshops.
Attendees can learn more, ask questions, and get involved in this first
county-wide survey which looks to foster a more accurate and inclusive
history of Morris County and its communiti
Workshop 2: October 21 at 10AM | County College of
Workshop 3: November 4 at 10AM | Washington Headquarters
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT MORRIS COUNTY PARKS COMMISSION
at The Art Upstairs Gallery at Mayo Performing Arts Cen
Please send an image of the artwork with the application.
All pieces must be original artwork, wired, and ready to hang. Hanging
art maximum width 32”, maximum weight 30 lbs. There is a 20% commission
on all sales. MCAA has the right to limit the number of artworks
accepted for this show based on space and amount of artwork submitted
and to reject any artwork for quality reasons.
Must be a member of the Morris County Art Association to
be eligible for this exhib
"Art for the Heart & Soul" Exhibition at
Invitation for Black and Afro-Latino artists to apply for
an upcoming in-person 2023 Overlook Hospital Exhibit entitled "Art
for the Heart & Soul.” Work must have themes related to uplift,
healing, soothing, compassion, hope & love.
Exhibit dates are November 5, 2023 through February 5,
Deadline: September 30
Header art: "Read Between the Lines" by Andrea Epstein. Currently part of Color is Joyful Exhibit at our Gallery at 14 Maple.